Franck Goddio, David Fabre
Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries
Catalogue of the exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds at the Saint Louis Art Museum (MO) USA
Flammarion SA, Paris, 2018 | ISBN 978-2-0814-2642-9
The Egyptian god and mythical king Osiris alone evokes the grandeur and fascination exerted by ancient Egypt. The passion for pharaonic civilization is expressed once more in the exhibition "Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds" which relates the myths of Osiris, Isis, and Horus.
Franck Goddio’s extraordinary underwater discoveries at the submerged sites of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus unveil the rituals associated with the rebirth of Osiris and, at the same time, of Egypt. These Mysteries of Osiris - with a capital “M” - plunge us into a world of fantastic beliefs where gods and men intermingle. Rebirth, light, fertility; these are the terms that carry this great ritual.
This exceptional exhibition is based entirely on artifacts from Egypt, some never seen before, some colossal – or even monumental – down to some of the most delicate gold fragments from the treasure of the temples. These treasures were submerged for millennia. The fabulous story of the Osiris Mysteries is presented through original pieces that enlighten the public about these forgotten rituals.